Since President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro declared in December that they were going to reset Cuba-US relations, things have moved faster than most imagined.
Cuba released 53 political prisoners. The United States loosened its restrictions to allow more Americans, like Conan O’Brien, to visit the island and some of their credit cards and favorite Netflix shows to work there.
Then last Saturday in Panama, Obama and Castro gave a smiley handshake for the cameras. They also held their countries’ first face-to-face presidential meeting since Dwight Eisenhower met Fulgencio Batista in 1956.
Keeping that momentum, on Tuesday Obama announced he wants to strike Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
But big barriers remain. Washington maintains a trade embargo on most Cuban goods. Over in Havana, power is still in the hands of a communist one-party state.
Here’s what has to come next for Obama to win his legacy as the American president who brought Havana back into the fold.